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Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

Investigators wishing to conduct research with human subjects through Chapman University MUST complete the appropriate Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) course modules, prior to submitting to the IRB. The CITI modules provide research ethics education to the Chapman research community.

The appropriate CITI module(s) must be completed by each investigator on each research team, prior to IRB review. Investigators must affiliate with Chapman University when they register with CITI. Investigators who are currently registered through other institutions must add Chapman University as an additional affiliation. Investigators must then complete the required modules (e.g., Social & Behavioral Research Investigators or Biomedical Research Investigators) based on the types of research that will be conducted. Investigators who will conduct clinical trials must complete the required Good Clinical Practice module. IRB staff and members can require researchers to take supplemental modules, as needed.

After the required CITI modules are completed, investigators must complete the modules once every three years. Completion time of the required module(s) can range between 30 minutes to a few hours, as modules can be completed at each investigator's own pace and leisure.

Read instructions that explain how to register for CITI, complete required modules, and merge or update accounts.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

+ - Why is it required to complete CITI?

CITI is a comprehensive program which is used by over 1,500 participating institutions and organizations around the world. CITI’s mission is “To promote the public’s trust in the research enterprise by providing high quality, web based, research ethics educational materials to enhance the integrity and professionalism of investigators and staff conducting research."

Most importantly, CITI has become the standard in compliance and research ethics training program. It is utilized by other institutions that Chapman investigators may be affiliated with or collaborate with, making it easier to meet the training requirements and avoid duplication of effort. CITI is also flexible and allows the IRB at Chapman to customize the training requirements based on the research being conducted.

+ - Who is required to complete CITI?

All Chapman faculty, staff, faculty advisors who provide direct oversight of research, doctoral students, graduate students, undergraduate students, and research support staff who have contact with human research subjects or who have access to their private, identifiable information must complete CITI. Additionally, investigators who are not affiliated with Chapman but are engaged in a study at Chapman or whose IRB of record is at Chapman must also complete CITI. IRB members are also required to take the course when they join the IRB.

+ - I completed NIH training. Do I need to complete CITI?

Investigators who have currently approved studies and who completed NIH training can complete CITI when their approved study is due for renewal. Investigators submitting for IRB review for the first time must complete CITI modules.

+ - How often must I complete CITI?

CITI modules must be completed once every 3 years. Each investigator will receive an email from CITI 30 days before their CITI completion expires.

+ - What do I do if I completed CITI through another institution?

Investigators who have multiple affiliations or who transferred from other institutiosn must affiliate with Chapman University. Investigators can affiliate with Chapman through the CITI Main Menu, and submit a copy of the completion certificate/report to the IRB at the time of submission.

Continuing Education and Additional Resources

For more information about federal policies and guidelines, see the many links below.